Same sex marriage is an emotional issue to begin with, and the stakes have been significantly upped by the passage of Prop 8. So I have no doubt that my blogalogue with Rod (which I intend to start tomorrow, on the eve of our lunch in Dallas) will provoke strong reactions in the comment section and in the blogosphere.
I’m not averse to emotion in this conversation. Keith Olberman’s monologue last week is a good example of emotion being used to good effect:
I’ve also done what I can to hear from the voices of the GLBTQ community who have been most immediately impacted by these election results. Here’s one that caught my attention. Money quote: “Finally, I fear for you. If the God you worship is the one about whomI’ve read, you’ve got some serious explaining to do. As the woman inJohn 8, I’d offer you the first stone, but I’m already bloodied byproposition 8.”
But emotion cannot win the day, as Andrew Sullivan has repeatedly warned. Nor, I hope, will Rod and I rely on emotion to direct our dialogue.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I hope we can allow emotion to play a role in our blogalogue but not to overwhelm us.